Yemen Red Crescent volunteers are rushing to provide health and hygiene support to communities unable to access immediate medical care in an effort to stem the rapid spread of cholera across the country.

The IFRC’s Middle East and North Africa regional office works in support of 17 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the region. Through its country cluster support teams and country offices, it provides coordination, financial and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.

Amid political turmoil that has been ravaging several countries in MENA in recent years, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have focused much of their efforts of providing relief and support to communities affected by conflicts. They have also made significant investment in strengthening the expertise of their volunteer teams to respond to a variety of crises. This form of development is an ongoing process.

Activities also include:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Resilience building
  • Health and emergency medical services
  • Psychosocial support

Latest news from Middle East and North Africa

Volunteers from Magen David Adom’s (MDA) Baqa al-Gharbiyye branch collected and packed more than 900 food parcels for Muslim families during Ramadan in June.

22 June 2017

With over 200,000 suspected cases of cholera since April, and over 1,300 deaths, communities across Yemen are in urgent need of assistance

21 June 2017
Egypt: Minea, 26 May 2017 Emergency action team volunteers outside the hospital in Maghagha, where victims of today's gun attack on a bus were for assistance. Photo: Egyptian Red Crescent Society

Following today’s gun attack on a bus in Egypt’s southern Minya Governorate in which dozens were killed and injured, Egyptian Red Crescent Society have deployed teams of trained volunteers to provide assistance to survivors.

26 May 2017

Dr Attasi has worked with Syrian Arab Red Crescent as a paediatrician for two years at the Homs Ghouta health clinic. She sees around 35 patients a day.

24 May 2017

Dr Talib has worked for Syrian Arab Red Crescent at the Jaramana clinic in obstetrics and gynecology for a year

23 May 2017
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  • Deputy director: Mohammed Omer Mukhier
Country cluster support offices
  • North Africa (Tunis): Amelia Marzal
  • Gulf (Dubai):  Fatima Gailani
Country offices:
  • Iraq (Baghdad): Cristhian Cortez Cadoza (acting)
  • Iran (Tehran): Davood Pourkhanali
  • Jordan (Amman): Muftah Etwilb
  • Lebanon Cristhian Cortez Cadoza
  • Libya (Tunis): Amelia Marzal (acting)
  • Palestine (Ramallah): John Entwistle
  • Syria (Damascus): Karina Lapteva (acting)
  • Yemen (Sana’a): Pitambar Aryal

Ongoing crises

Regional support

In the MENA region, the IFRC focuses its efforts on enabling National Societies to better deliver their services to people in need in their countries, and where relevant, to facilitate their partnerships with other National Societies.

Technical assistance and guidance in key areas are provided by the regional team and country/multi-country cluster teams where appropriate. Experts in a broad range of relevant operational and development areas work with National Societies to strengthen their work.